24 November 2006

Microsoft in legal battle with Chilean tribe

Chile's Mapuche Indians allege that Microsoft translated Windows software into their native language without getting tribal leaders' permission.




SANTIAGO (Reuters) -- Mapuche Indians in Chile are trying to take Microsoft to court in a legal battle that raises the question of whether anyone can ever "own" the language they speak.The row was sparked by Microsoft's decision last month to launch its Windows software package in Mapuzugun, a Mapuche tongue spoken by around 400,000 indigenous Chileans, mostly in the south of the country.

At the launch in the southern town of Los Sauces, Microsoft (Charts) said it wanted to help Mapuches embrace the digital age and "open a window so that the rest of the world can access the cultural riches of this indigenous people."

But Mapuche tribal leaders have accused the U.S. company of violating their cultural and collective heritage by translating the software into Mapuzugun without their permission.

They even sent a letter to Microsoft founder Bill Gates accusing his company of "intellectual piracy."

"We feel like Microsoft and the Chilean Education Ministry have overlooked us by deciding to set up a committee (to study the issue) without our consent, our participation and without the slightest consultation," said Aucan Huilcaman, one of the Mapuche leaders behind the legal action. "This is not the right road to go down."

Microsoft declined to comment on the case, saying they could not do so until it is legally resolved.

The company has translated Windows into dozens of indigenous American languages in the past, including Mohawk, Quechua and Inuktitut, but has never faced such vocal opposition.

If history is anything to go by, however, the software giant could have a fight on its hands.

The Mapuche are renowned for their ferocity. They were one of the few tribes in South America to successfully resist both the Incas, who tried to colonize their lands, and the Spanish, who ruled much of South America for more than two centuries.


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The Mapuche took their case to a court in the southern city of Temuco earlier this month but a judge ruled it should be considered in Santiago. A judge in the capital is due to decide in the next two weeks whether Microsoft has a case to answer.

"If they rule against us we will go to the Supreme Court and if they rule against us there we will take our case to a court of human rights," said Lautaro Loncon, a Mapuche activist and coordinator of the Indigenous Network, an umbrella group for several ethnic groups in Chile.

Huilcaman said the Chilean government, which supported Microsoft's project, should concentrate on making Mapuzugun an official state language, alongside Spanish.

"If not, we fear it runs the risk of following the same destiny as Latin, spoken only in universities," he said.

Mapuzugun is spoken by about two-thirds of Chile's Mapuches, who make up four percent of the population.

The case has sparked comment on Internet blogs. Many Chileans appear to feel it is absurd for the Mapuche to claim the intellectual rights to their language, and say the Indians should be pleased to see it used on the world wide Web.

Source: CNN, Slashdot

My Comments: If I'm a god of some indian tribe, I'll be aware my people about the evil forces and will ban the use of plague tools from darkness. HAHAHA

05 November 2006

Is It Wrong to Love Microsoft?

Microsoft is perhaps the most hated company in the history of business. Anointed with names such as the Redmond Giant, Microshaft, Microsloth, so on and so forth, the nicknames and jokes are perhaps exceeded only by the vengeance with which people hate it.

The question is why do they? I love Microsoft. Absolutely adore it and what’s more, I hate Linux. I think it’s the most over rated piece of software ever built and survives simply out of spite and not because it is terribly good at doing something because it is not!

What has Microsoft given us? It has given us Windows, sure, it was buggy earlier and a lot of things didn’t work like they were supposed to (plug and play springs to mind) but it was a pioneering effort. No one was even close to the ease of use that Windows offered. Sure, Mac OS was a lot prettier but then it cost the moon and the stars along with both your arms and legs.

I understand the criticisms about the security of the software, the critical flaws and what not but again, we must look at things in the proper perspective. More than 95 pecent computers in the world use one form of Windows OS or another. The remaining being divided between Linux, Mac etc. now lets say MAC has 1 percent, does it make sense for a hacker to create a virus that can at best infect just 1 percent of the computers in the world? It doesn’t, therefore you don’t have as many security threats for other software as most of the people developing Linux probably sit at night writing up malicious code for windows!

In a nutshell, it’s not so much as that the software is secure; it’s simply that no one is interested in spending sleepless nights writing a virus that won’t give them the satisfaction they get from causing havoc. Considering the fact that everyone who knows how to write two bits of code dreams of hitting windows with a virus, the guys at the "Redmond Giant" are doing a spectacular job.

XP is such a joy when it comes to simply connecting a device and watching the pretty little bubble detecting it and saying "its installed and ready for use" makes the slightly high price absolutely worth it. In Linux, you have to recompile a kernel if you want to so much as change your modem! Give me a break guys, Linux is light years behind Windows XP and I am sure it will be further back biting the dust when Longhorn (now Vista) comes out.

Source: CoolTechZone


My Comments: Sometimes funny, but I can't agree with that.

Windows é muito melhor que software livre

Após ler essa matéria desse pateta, pude tirar muitas conclusões (um tanto quanto inúteis), vamos analisar alguns trechos:

Hoje caso você precise instalar uma rede é necessário:

Rede Software livre
•A contratação de um profissional que irá:
•Configurar tudo manualmente e de acordo com seus conhecimentos;
•Fazer as modificações que achar necessário - lembre-se o código é aberto;
•Compilar a aplicar as atualizações manualmente.

Rede Microsoft Windows
•A contratação de um profissional que irá:
•Utilizar os assistentes da Microsoft;
•Não é necessário fazer modificações, o software já vem completo;
•Atualizar as configurações através do Update da Microsoft.

Até este ponto eles já assumiram que além de pagar um preço exorbitante pelas licenças, você paga pra um profissional ficar dando click no "next", afinal, é só usar os assistentes, pois o software já vem pronto. Então, obviamente, você está pagando dobrado...

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O Windows vem com softwares que reduzem drasticamente o seu custo de propriedade (TCO), isto pelo fato de reduzir o tempo de suporte e por facilitar a administração de uma rede, veja alguns exemplos:

Pode-se fazer o clone de um HD e instalar várias máquinas com tudo já configurado.

Diminuir drasticamente custos com o que? Reduzir tempo de suporte? Será que realmente existe um custo/benefício que dá pra calcular que o tempo de suporte gasto vai ser em conta quanto ao preço de... uma licença Windows 2003 Datacenter por exemplo?!
Ham.... Fazer clone de um HD e instalar em varias maquinas? Não sabia que a Microsoft permitia isso em questões de licenciamento :p (e como se não desse pra fazer isso em qualquer sistema operacional decente).

Eu sei que tá todo mundo careca de ler esse tipo de matéria patética, mas é que essa foi realmente demais.